|Kids with their 2009 Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes|
As each year passes I'm just finding Christmas more and more stressful. And I was at this same point last year. I currently have the small knot of what I call the 'December Panic' just sitting in the bottom of my stomach which will remain until about Christmas Eve. Until then I have to juggle shopping (endless, endless shopping - I don't find shopping energising) with all the end of year events - school, church, preschool, work ... Also in the next fortnight a high school orientation, a music exam, a piano concert (4 children playing), husband's birthday, daughter's 4th birthday party, Year 6 party to set up for, preschool concert ... there's probably more but my brain is starting to shut down! O and husband is going away for work too.
And, (now you'll know that I'm truly crazy) I have an essay due for uni on the 13th December.
So, I was very thankful to Wendy over at her Musings blog for having a competition to try out some products for advent that didn't involve me having to make something (the thought literally makes me want to weep). And, yay, I won one of the prizes!